The Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum are open Tues.-Sat. from 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. noon-5 pm (no appointments required).  Please visit the children’s museum COVID protocols page for more information specific to that museum. All museum visitors and staff are required to practice social distancing, and the use of masks is strongly encouraged.  Welcome!

Schedule

Welcome to the Johnstown Slavic Festival 2021!

Visit our performer lineup page for more about the entertainment!

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors, who enable us to keep the festival FREE.

Thank you to Maroba Builders LLC, the Polacek family, The William Penn Association, Air Management Inc., AmeriServ, Robert Ramos of Wealth Management Partners, and ProVia. Additional sponsors include Croatian Hall, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Rich Yeager, Somerset Trust Co., Gary Madia Insurance Agency, Steven Krawick, Gibson-Thomas, Johnstown Rotary Club, Wessel & Company, National Slovak Society, Croatian Fraternal Union of America, Johnstown West End Lions Club, Group Genesis LLC, Slovenian Savings & Loan, State Farm, Hilltop Office Supply, Associates Benefit Corp., and SNPJ Lodge No. 174.

Friday, September 17

Main Stage

  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Jack Tady Polka Band
  • 6:00-8:30 p.m.: Zadnja Stanica

Courtyard Stage

  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Bronco Toter
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Jacob Czerak

Saturday, September 18

Main Stage

  • 12:00-12:45 p.m.: Kolo Club “Marian”
  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.: Zadnja Stanica
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m.: Gypsy Strings
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Forte’
  • 7:30- 9:30 p.m.: Orkestar Pobeda

Courtyard Stage

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.:Bronco Toter
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Jim Vizzini
  • 7:30- 9:30 p.m.: Bronco Toter

Speakers

All presentations will take place inside the Heritage Discovery Center, in the education center on the first floor.

12:30-1:30 — Robert Jerin: Genealogy & Tours. Jerin has been researching Croatian family histories since 1986, and has connected dozens of families across the world. He is past President of the Croatian Heritage Museum and Library in Eastlake, former English Editor of the Croatian Voice Newspaper, past President of Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans, President of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 995, member of Cleveland District Roundtable, The Cleveland Hungarian Genealogy Society, the Croatian Genealogy Society based in Zagreb, Croatia, and is a National Board Member of the Croatian Fraternal Union.

2:15-3:15: John Smalia, “My Journey as an Immigrant from Croatia to the United States”. John Smaila was 8 years old when he immigrated to the United States with his family. He knew his native language of Croatian, some Slovenian and Italian at that point in his young life, but he did not speak any English when he arrived here. His life is like a history book that stretches back through the 20th Century across the ocean with his ancestors lives being caught up in war in Croatia.

 

Cooking Demonstrations

The cooking demonstrations will take place in the Galliker’s Cafe, which is accessible inside the Heritage Discovery Center courtyard.

1:15 p.m.: Julie Wagner – Potrotna Potica – “Rich Man’s Nut Roll.” Nut roll with traditional walnut filling, cheese layer, chocolate and vanilla sponge cake layer.

2:45 p.m.: Georgette Brnilovich – Serbian Burek. Pastry made of phyllo dough and filled with meat and or cheese.